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Store Showcase: Dragon’s Lair

Store Showcase: Dragon's Lair Logo

Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy – Austin, TX

WES ID: Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy

Address: West Anderson Plaza, 2438 W Anderson Ln B1, Austin, TX 78757

Facebook: Dragon’s Lair Austin

During our WizKids U.S. Dice Masters Nationals Championship, held April 11th & 12th in Glen Burnie, Maryland, one store stood out as an amazing Dice Masters Organized Play host — Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy. Dragon’s Lair is the home base and venue of choice for not only our 2015 U.S. Dice Masters National Champion, David Walsh, but also his Runner-up Kelly Davies. This shop is definitely a “breeding ground” for Dice Masters experts!

WizKids US Nationals- Dice Masters Final

For their skills in spreading the word about Dice Masters, we would like to highlight Dragon’s Lair as today’s Store Showcase.

We chatted briefly with Megan Ruch, Creative Director of Dragon’s Lair Comics and Fantasy, and here’s what she had to say:

1) How do you feel about having not only the 2015 Dice Masters U.S. National Champion but also the Runner-up (2nd place player) from your store?

“It’s an incredible honor to play host to not only the National Champion but the Runner-up as well!  It speaks volumes about the level of play that can be found within our store that both David Walsh and Kelly Davies choose to play here.  We couldn’t be happier or prouder for our players.”

2) What would you like to share about David Walsh & Kelly Davies?

“Both David Walsh and Kelly Davies are regulars at our Monday night Dice Masters meet-ups.  They are excellent players who strive to create a friendly atmosphere at the shop.  They are always willing to help and offer advice and often give away extra dice and cards to new players.  They are the perfect kind of community builders you want in your store.”

Congratulations again to both David Walsh and Kelly Davies for your awesome performances in the 2015 U.S. Dice Masters National Championship. It was great to see such skilled players full of enthusiasm and support for each other.

We hope to see both of you at the Origins Game Fair, June 3rd-7th for the 2015 World Championships!

To watch the WizKids 2015 U.S. Dice Masters National Championship:

To find out what David Walsh had to say about his experience visit:

Nationals Store Showcase

Store Showcase: Highlander Games and Comics

Highlander Games and Comics

Highlander Games and Comics— Boonton, NJ

WES ID:  Highlander Games and Comics

Address: 119 Boonton Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005

Facebook: Highlander Games & Comics

Coming off of our WizKids U.S. Nationals event held this past weekend in Glen Burnie, Maryland, we wish to congratulate not only the players but also note a store that can now boast not one but two National Champions!  Rich Kopacz (2015 D&D Attack Wing National Champion) and Kennie Peña (2015 HeroClix National Champion) both play at Highlander Games in Boonton, NJ.

Rich Kopacz 2015 D&D Attack Wing National ChampionRich Kopacz
Kennie Pena HeroClix U.S. National Champion
Kennie Peña


Scott Hughes, owner of Highlander Games and Comics in Boonton, NJ, had this to say about having two National Champions from his store—

“As a devoted Game Store, it is hard to imagine something nicer than hearing that two of your favorite players have achieved such a high honor in their respective games. With all of the great stores, and wonderful players that populate our community… it is truly humbling.”

Owner Scott Hughes also had high praise for both players:

“Rich has been a devoted Attack Wing player ever since Star Trek landed. Never one to miss an event, when D&D was announced, Rich was one of the first in line to start the new system, quickly rising to the top in his competitive play. Congratulations on the National Championship, Rich, and thanks for always being the player that arrives first, leaves last, and is always ready with helpful advice and strategy.”

“We are so happy to see Kennie win the Heroclix National Championship for 2015. Kennie’s passion for Clix runs deep. Whether as our store’s tournament organizer, helping new players young and old learn and develop a love for the game, or as a leader of a local group of players— Team Pusheen— who along with Kennie have elevated to a highly competitive level through hours of pushing and supporting each other to new heights. He is simply, a great ambassador for the game and we are proud to call him one of our own, and even more proud to call him a friend. Congratulations Kennie… you truly deserve it.”

While Kennie Peña took home the victory, the rest of Team Pusheen was there to compete and root on Kennie on his rise to victory.

Highlander Games: Team Pusheen

Team Pusheen

Back row from Left to Right: Tim Traister, Abdul Manickram, Kennie Peña, Bradley Wilson, Kenji Kaneshiro

In Front from left to right: Tedd Jascicek, Jayson Kuehm

While this may be the first time for Team Pusheen to have a National Champion in their ranks, they are no strangers to placing in top level events— Jayson Kuehm made it to the Top 16 and Kennie, Kenji, Bradley, and Tedd all made it to Top 32 in the 2014 HeroClix World Championship at GenCon.  We anticipate seeing Team Pusheen players rising up the leader board in many future HeroClix events!

Congratulations to Rich Kopacz, Kennie Peña and all of Team Pusheen— you have made Jersey proud!

We will follow up with articles to talk to both Rich and Kennie about their win and their experience at the 2015 WizKids National Championship.